Top 10 Exam Survival Tips

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Exams are stressful for everyone. Whether you’re in your first or final year in Uni, we’re all familiar with the stress, anxiety and sometimes even panic that comes along with exam revision.

Don’t stress out. We asked our execs to share a couple of their best studying tips that will help you get through your exams (and keep yourself sane during this hectic period!).

1. Start your day early 

Start early in the morning. Beginning your revision day around 8-9am means that you have a full morning and afternoon of revision. By starting early, you’ll be able to put in a full 7-8h of revision in your day, and be done by 6pm easily. Plus, that means that if you feel like you’ve worked well during the day, you can stop and chill during the evening as you’ve had a productive day.

– Luca, 3rd Year Management

First hint for the freshers is to get to the library at 8:30 to get a good spot, where no one will be walking around. Having a good and quiet study space is worth more than an extra hour of sleep in the morning. Although, a power nap in the afternoon is still an option. 

– Yan, 2nd Year Computer Science


2. Get organised 

Write down everything you have to do, and then make a plan of how you will get it done. Sometimes I notice that I get stuck on one module or one chapter in a textbook so I take my time and then I realise that I have a lot of other things to do. So it really helps me to put a mirror in front of me showing me where I stand by writing down everything I have to do, everything I have done, and trying to figure out how I will get everything done.

– Ella, 2nd Year Accounting and Finance


3. Adopt a healthy routine

Getting enough sleep is crucial for brain development and your focus level throughout the day. There’s no point in overworking as this isn’t sustainable over the whole exam period. Running is something I do often during my exams – it releases stress – and meditation helps a lot with staying calm and focused.

– Laure, 2nd Year Management


4. Exercise

This might sound basic but exercise is probably my biggest tip. I go to the gym almost every day during Term 3. I actually make up the time I spend in the gym threefold afterwards when studying. You get so much more energy and it’s a great way to get the day started. 

– Leo, WBSS Alumnus


5. Give yourself a break 

Divide your working session by slices of 2/3 hours. My experience taught me that you are more effective this way. By doing only one module over the day you are more likely to get saturated quickly and therefore having a reduced efficiency, but you are also more likely to retain the information in less productive ways. Working only for 2/3 hours on a module will allow you to be correctly focused all the time but it will also leave you time to process the information better. The next time you work this module read what you did the previous time quickly, usually you retain information much better this way, plus after 2/3 hours it is good to take a break.

– Nico, WBSS Alumnus


6. Make use of Colours

As I am a highly visual person I find it useful to summarise whole lecture handouts within one sheet of A4 page. That way, the most important contents of a subject are not dispersed and I can access all of it quickly and easily. Also, I use a lot of colour-coding to help boost my visual memory. Using different colours of markers for formulas, theory etc.

– Elitsa, 3rd Year Management


7. Work smart, not hard

Approach the exams like a game. It’s about knowing how to play your cards right: just because someone is working 24/7 doesn’t mean they are more efficient. I always like to think about myself and how I’d like to approach the exams in the most efficient and smart way. Self-reflection is better than looking at others.

– Laure, 2nd Year Management


8. Practise, practise, practise! 

Past papers are your best friend. Leave at least a week before your exam to go through all of the past papers (especially for Financial Accounting)! Great for pinpointing your biggest areas of weakness to go back to and improve on. 

– Egor, 3rd Year Management


9. Make studying fun!

My study tip is to try to make studying as fun as possible – I do this by using a lot of colours in my notes, by listening to music I love, and by sitting down with friends and taking breaks together. This way it makes the studying experience a bit less painful

– Ella, 2nd Year Accounting and Finance


10. But try not to have TOO much fun…

Don’t work too close to your friends. I know this sound boring, but it is critical. Like it or not, your friends are the worst kind of distraction and you don’t want them to be responsible for you having to come back in September for resits. My advice here is to find a place you are the most comfortable in, but don’t sit too close to your friends. Like this, you can focus for longer periods (2/3hours), plus you can always join them for a break at the end of a long working time. Having them too close all the time will reduce your productivity but it also gives you incentives to take more frequent small breaks. 

– Nico, WBSS Alumnus

At the end of the day, remember that exams are not the be all and end all – they are just one aspect of your student life here at Uni.

Now go forth and conquer your exams!

Top 10 Exam Survival Tips

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Diana Ross

1. Nour Dib

2. Jeanne Flipo

3. Alexia Bucher

4. Rachel Assaker

5. Flore Perroquin

6. Raissa Chamieh

7. Emilie Mayer

8. Eleni Yatracos

9. Weiran Li

10. Celeste Boulanger

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Calvin Klein

1. Sophie Lazzaroli

2. Shania Bhageerutty

3. Giulia Giantomaso

4. Elitsa Angelova

5. Khushali Mehta

6. Lucinda Smith

7. Alessandro Adducci

8. Sadafumi Takahashi

9. Javina Houri

10. Jay Singh

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Elton John

1. Menal Tedros

2. Veronika Stadnik

3. Amandine Cherdel

4. Alix Collin

5. Thelma Chavnonet

6. Pietro Cusimano

7. Edoardo Calleri

8. Francesco Lasagna

9. Youssef Loughzail

10. Eloi Martin

11. Teresa Valderrabano

12. Jeanne Henry

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Andy Warhol

1. Petra Ghamlouch

2. Luca Dugaro

3. Chloe Hardy

4. Jordi Drenthen

5. Oli Lemstra-Bake

6. Damian Jung

7. Victor Teilhard

8. Yuuki Larrieu

9. Mathilde Carnet

10. Romy Hunt

11. Victoire Lacoste

12. Hadrien Busser

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Mick Jagger

1. Michael Wong

2. Nicola Blasetti

3. Luca Depra

4. Lukas Anthuber

5. Alessandro Brizio

6. Philip Gregory

7. Filip Nowakowski

8. Paulo Velhinho

9. Joao Resnikoff

10. Tiago Ornelas

Table 6

Cher

1. Jaakko Järviniemi

2. Maria Timofeeva

3. Chloe Vergniere

4. Maja Volkel

5. Kris Banerjee

6. Helena Sania Volbeta

7. Evelina Molis

8. Jennifer Nu Dang Phan

9. Camilla Beltrame

10. Sara Siglienti

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Karl Lagerfeld

1. Mathilde Ussing

2. Nicolas Estevez

3. Martin Ginesta

4. Hermina De Jorna

5. Marie Mickeler

6. Armand Bouchet

7. Alex Brown

8. Zak Hassell

9. Auguste Kakneviciute

10. Sabrina Solemani

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Tommy Hilfiger

1. He Jiayue

2. Wicky Guo

3. Maxime Mendelssohn

4. Katie Walker

5. Chloe Byrne

6. Natalia Myslinska

7. Lauren Hogan

8. Sarah Jackson

9. Mariana Galben

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David Bowie

1. Marina Antanasiotis

2. Chris Cioranu

3. Fabio Savi

4. Sabrina Reinke

5. William Nolan

6. Julia Moriau

7. Gabriel Samiei

8. Humza Ahmad

9. Lisa Hallmann

10. Rapheal Postl

11. Christopher Hurren

12. Firas Mkdad

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Donald Trump

1. Nat Thill

2. Ella Krymolowski

3. Ludwig Wilke

4. Edison Low

5. Eliza Perry

6. Alexia Ellinas

7. Lauren Stohard

8. Serena Tugnet

9. Matthew Lennard 

10. Rebecca Smith

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Stevie Wonder

1. Leah Samson

2. Hélène Karayiannis

3. Julie Boukobza Deau

4. Elena Kouzari

5. Eliana Sakka

6. Adriana Zraick

7. Charlotte Rossignol

8. Alienor Germon

9. Maria Vittoria Bognetti

10. Marie Raison

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Tina Turner

1. Amelia Shiner

2. Eva Ahlstedt

3. Tina Wang

4. Liaisan Iksanova

5. Sara Sousi

6. Emilia Pugachova

7. XinYue Yin

8. Mariia Sazonova

9. Maya Pugachova

10. Gaia Darro

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Marilyn Monroe

1. Alexander Stubbs

2. Kristof Tuzes

3. Mahrukh Zahid

4. Aditi Singhania

5. Adrian Wong

6. Kshitij Agarwal

7. Eveliina Torkkeli

8. Mara Dumitrache

9. Vedika Akhramka

10. Sara Naveed

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John Lennon

1. Colomba Gachet

2. Jules Cuvillier

3. Annabelle D’Andigné

4. Inès Derreumaux

5. Emma Anglade

6. Diane De la Raudière

7. Sybille De la Raudière

8. Serena Altare

9. Sayakki Pransveswaran

10. Vittoria Lucchese

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Madonna

1. Daniel Muir

2. Titouan Dupleich

3. Thomas Blackburn

4. Atharv Joshi

5. Jackie Dong

6. Rostislav Brytskyi

7. David Miladinovic

8. Cyril Laborde

9. Sharda Pisupati

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Freddie Mercury

1. Christopher Swafing

2. Louis Quin

3. Callum Rainey

4. Antoine Veillerette

5. Saskia Daniels

6. Carlotta Rodrigues

7. Florian Day

8. Camille Felton

9. Maria Carvahlo

10. Chess Channon

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Nile Rodgers

1. Axel Hirvenoja

2. Declan Thiriet

3. Romain Touyé

4. Stephen Grimaldi

5. Thomas Bruneteaux

6. Marine Von Renteln

7. Carolina Borrelli

8. Ines Fuentes

9. Clara Quintard

10. Adelaide D’Huart

11. Julie Jacobs

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Olivia Newton-John

1. Rajan Sakhrani

2. Trisha Malkani

3. Seint Shin

4. Ishita Aggarwal

5. Lena Lou Simon

6. Ayah Al Jaber

7. Olivia Brecque

8. Kay Karen Jasmin

9. Lara Apstein

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John Travolta

1. Yan Le

2. Esperanza Jimenez

3. Mohammed Almasri

4. Nima Tohidi

5. Camilla Zanetti

6. Katia Kondrashova

7. Lazaros Efraimoglou

8. Cecilia Zetti

9. Virginia Casagrande

10. Denym Stengel

11. Maria Ross

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James Brown

1. Jessy Manic

2. Roshni Harjani

3. Akash Mittal

4. Beatriz Rodeia

5. Natasha Syed

6. Rosie Judd

7. Sudara Senaratne

8. Varun Devjani

9. Cathyna Liang

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Prince

1. Luis Van Ginderachter

2. Pablo Navajas Helguero

3. Javier Perez Garcia

4. Alejandra Yanes

5. Katrina Lane

6. Beatriz Marin Dawid

7. Lara Martinez

8. Marta Alonso

9. Ignacio Borrego

10. Ricardo Picon

11. Carolina Sagardoy

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Michael Jackson

1. Nick Rajpal

2. Mohammad Alnuaimi

3. Sachin Nantheesan

4. Pasha Korolev

5. Pasha Saganov

6. Albus Foglia

7. Arsalan Shams

8. Zyad Akkari

9. Jacob Krihli

10. Lara Rodriguez

11. Clara Villegas

12. Claire Piacentini

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Dolly Parton

1. Lea Assaf

2. Yasmina Abusamra

3. Karim El Khoury

4. Ines Achour

5. Omeir Nasser

6. Ali Ismail

7. Samir Ijeilat

8. Gergana Nikolova

9. Zlatina Bozhilova

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Grace Jones

1. David Aliagas

2. Pieter T. Hoen

3. Sonali Pugh

4. Lucy Walker

5. Alba Palombi

6. Javi Sanchez Biel

7. Maria Heredia

8. Nour Rahmi

9. Seren Bird

10. Joel Cases

11. Timo Fukar